Management of the Digital TV Transition: Is New York Prepared?

Management of the Digital TV Transition: Is New York City Prepared?

On Friday, July 18, 2008, at 10:30 a.m., the House Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement will hold an oversight hearing titled, "Management of the Digital TV Transition: Is New York City Prepared?"

This field hearing will be held at the Brooklyn Sports Club, 1540 Van Siclen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11239.

In February 2009, television stations nationwide will turn off their analog broadcasts and will broadcast only in digital format. This will require new equipment for many people currently using antennas to receive over-the-air broadcasts. The Subcommittee will review management of federal programs to assist with the transition, including controls over a program to issue vouchers to citizens to purchase converter boxes. The hearing will also examine the impact of the transition and outreach to heavily-impacted neighborhoods in New York City.

Witnesses Include:

Panel I

Saul Shapiro, President, Metropolitan Television Alliance, LLC

Tom Romeo, IBM Corporation, Director, Federal Services, Global Business Service

Bill Ritter, ABC News, Emmy Award winning News Anchor

Mr. Mark Lloyd, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Panel II

The Honorable Kevin J. Martin, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Meredith Attwell Baker, Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information,
National Telecommunications and Information Administration